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Slumdog Millionaire Wins!

By Mark D. Roberts | Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire prevailed at last night’s Oscars, winning eight academy awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. It beat a strong field of films, including my personal favorite, Frost/Nixon. But I was pleased that Slumdog Millionaire won. It’s a fine movie, wonderfully filmed and acted.

Some of the promotional material for the movie proclaims: The Feel Good Movie of the Decade!  There is a sense in which this is true. But if you haven’t seen the movie, I would warn you that it is not an easy film to watch. Though it is not sexually-explicit and the bad language is limited, Slumdog Millionaire deserves its R rating, in my opinion, because of its “violence and disturbing images.”

Nevertheless, I would recommend this film to mature viewers because it tells a moving story. In some ways it is a love story. It also paints an engaging picture of a culture far different from the one I know. In watching Slumdog Millionaire, I found myself transported to a very different place and way of life.

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2 Responses to “Slumdog Millionaire Wins!”

  1. Yikes Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Silliest moment -

    Bill Maher, who seemed slightly peeved that his “Religulous” wasn’t nominated, presented the nominations for documentary. He added, “Someday we will all have to confront the notion that our silly gods cost us too much.” His broad-brush claim that faith breeds violence was one of the weaknesses of his film. Ironically:
    * His rant was immediately followed by the nominated documentary related to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    * Immediately after this came Will Smith’s tribute to Hollywood action films - - mostly violent gunplay and explosives.

    Thankfully, Bill Maher is in good health, because the closest hospital to the awards and after-parties is Cedars-Sinai, one of many So. Cal. hospitals founded by religious-based communities.

  2. Mark Roberts Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Yikes: Yes, indeed! Maher was the low point in what was otherwise one of the best Oscar programs I can remember.


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